In July, Hawaii became the 10th state to completely ban indoor tanning for minors, along with California, Texas Illinois, Nevada, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
“Earlier exposure to indoor tanning is associated with a greater risk for developing basal cell carcinoma at a young age,” said Margaret Karagas, director of the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire.
2014 also saw the FDA move tanning lamps into the category of “moderately harmful” medical devices.
According to Dr. Henry Lim, chairman of dermatology at Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, and senior author of the review. “There is a lot of evidence that early and frequent use of tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer.”
All sunlamps will have a “black box warning label” that say they shouldn’t be used by those under the age of 18.
The FDA guidelines will likely encourage more states to enact legislation. Already there are regulations in most states, such as requiring parental consent.
The new FDA regulations reinforce the recent studies that teens and young adults are particularly vulnerable to developing skin cancer if they use tanning beds
People who are exposed to tanning beds before the age of 35 years have a significantly higher risk of developing melanoma.
During the winter month folks often take to the tanning salon to extend a summer tan, get a ‘base tan’ for a winter vacation or because they think they will benefit from additional vitamin d
Unfortunately many people still think that tanned skin offers protection from future UV damage but this is simply not true and just encourages people to spend increased time in the sun without adequate protection believing that their ‘base tan’ is protecting them.
Tanning devices primarily emit UV-A light, which are the longer rays that cause cellular damage deeper in the skin tissue. It is this damage that can lead to skin cancer and wrinkles, additionally UVA is less effective at inducing skin to make vitamin D than UV-B, so there’s really no reason to use a tanning bed for a health benefit.
Additionally it has been found that the use of tanning beds can be addictive in the same way as a drug.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology some 30 million Americans use tanning beds each year, of which around 2 million are teenagers.
Young women are the most at-risk population for developing melanoma directly associated with the use of tanning beds girls
This holiday season skip the sunbed and embrace your pale perfection, but if you really can’t bear to be without a little gorgeous glow opt for a splash suntan spray.
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